The Barnwell boys soccer team was eliminated from the playoffs by Greenville Tech Charter High School, losing 3-0.
The first half of the contest was a tough, well played game for both sides. Both teams held the other scoreless for over 30 minutes, until GTCHS got on the board, scoring with about 8 minutes left in the half. The score favored the home GTCHS 1-0.
The second half was also very tightly contested for about 20 minutes. Then, unfortunately, injuries started happening to the Warhorses. Rashaun Buckmon had to leave the game. Goal keeper R.J. Frickling had to come out for a while, but was able to return later. Coach William Barnes put Frickling back in the game, but said he just wasn’t the same, despite his effort to finish. Daven Hayward also had to be taken from competition due to injury. This was just too much for the Warhorses to overcome and they eventually lost 3-0.
“We put a lot on our defense’s shoulders tonight. They really did hold their own for as long as they could. Josh Carillo, Charlie Zorn, Collin Ferguson, Daven Hayward and Goalie RJ Frickling were basically playing on their heels for a majority of the game,” said Coach Barnes.
Coach Barnes said the team was doing a “solid job of stopping their shots” before some of the guys started going down with injuries, which he said is part of the game.
“Offensively, we were struggling to win the ball, make clear passes and get the ball in GTC’s box. We started to make some progress in the second half and had some corner kicks of our own, but were unsuccessful,” said Barnes.
After the game, he told the team that they were still proud of them and what they accomplished this year. This included meeting two of the three goals this year.
“We thank the seniors for being great role models for the younger guys. I told Charlie Zorn that he did a great job leading the team this year. We thanked Collin and Marshall (Warren), as well as others, for trying a new sport and really giving it their all out here to get better in just the couple of months they had. I can’t wait to see what our three seniors go on to do after graduation and what our returning players will bring to the team next year,” said Barnes.